Celtic were due to face Linfield on Thursday for the second round Champions League qualification clash but the game had been announced as a high-risk event and because of political circumstances, it has been moved to this Friday.
Having in mind a problematic history of religious conflicts, the organizers of the match had decided not to sell tickets to Celtic fans, denying the possibility for the Scottish champion to have support at Windsor Park.
At first, everything seemed fine, until today’s statement by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. This institution has left a statement on their Twitter account, claiming that the Hoops did not accept the allocation of the tickets for this match.
The police have also been claiming that this decision was made only by the club, without any interference of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
The management from Parkhead immediately reacted issuing a response in which they have stated that they are surprised with this comment and especially with the timing of it.
Replying to the force’s comments, the Scottish Premiership champions tweeted: “We are extremely surprised by this statement and the timing of the release.
“This is clearly not our understanding of the situation and we stand by our statement of 23rd June. We feel there is nothing to be gained by commenting further until the tie has been played.”